This operation uses a muscle called the latissimus dorsi and some overlying fat and skin from your back.
This is known as a latissimus dorsi flap or LD flap. In this operation, the surgeon uses a muscle called the latissimus dorsi and some overlying fat and skin from your back. The flap and its blood supply are tunnelled under the skin below your armpit and put into position on your chest to make a new breast shape.
Occasionally, the surgeon removes a large amount of fat with the muscle. This is called an extended latissimus dorsi flap and may be done so that an implant isn’t needed.
A latissimus dorsi flap may be suitable for women who:
- have small, medium or large breasts
- need breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy (wide local excision).
It may not be suitable for women:
- with very large breasts
- who are very overweight.